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Pony Blues is one of the themes you can hear in many variations. Some classic versions are Charley Patton's "Pony Blues" and "Stone Poney Blues", Tommy Johnson's "Bye Bye Blues", and not to forget Willie Brown's "M&O Blues". The pony that is probably best know today is Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", made popular recently by Eric Clapton's recording of the song on his Unplugged album.

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If you, as me, like Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", there are at least two sources. The first, and in my opinion the best, is to turn to the original. The song is transcribed and analyzed in Woody Mann's book/CD set on Big Bill Broonzy's.

The other option is of course to get the transcriptions of all the songs on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album.

For other versions of this and more classic blues, I recommend:

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The New Transcriptions
29 Songs From The Legendary Bluesman. A must-have for all blues guitarists, this exciting publication is the most complete Robert Johnson collection ever!
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Delta Blues Guitar
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20 of Johnson's legendary blues classics arranged for easy guitar in standard notation and tablature
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101 Mississippi Delta Blues Fingerpicking Licks
This book/CD set examines four- and eight-beat blues licks which may be played within typical chord patterns in the most commonly used blues keys. Written for fingerstyle guitar, complete with pima fingering for the classically trained guitarist, the licks vary in difficulty but all lie within the capability of the beginning to intermediate player.
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The Road to Robert Johnson
The Genesis and Evolution of Blues in the Delta from the Late 1800s Through 1938.
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Delta Blues Guitar
Visit with living legend Honeyboy Edwards, one of the last links to the classic Delta blues of the 1920s and '30s. He imparts wisdom and wit while reminiscing about his life and friends, including Robert Johnson. Features detailed demos and thrilling performances of solo country blues, slide & lead guitar, boogie bass lines and more, with a detailed booklet of key musical examples.
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Rory Block Teaches the Guitar of Robert Johnson
On this jam-packed DVD lesson, the award-winning contemporary blues singer and guitarist Rory Block completely demystifies the licks, runs, strums, bass lines, turnarounds and other important guitar elements that combine to make up the unique Robert Johnson sound.
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How To Play Blues Guitar - Lesson 3
In the third lesson Delta blues guitar techniques are taught with songs and ideas by Son House, Willie Brown, Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson and Skip James.
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